Butler, Fox or Farrell May Have a 'Consent to Kill' with Fuqua
Towards the beginning of the new year, we learned director Antoine Fuqua would direct the spy thriller Consent to Kill based on the 2005 Vince Flynn novel of the same name which follows counter-terrorism agent Mitch Rapp, who's battling a Saudi billionaire, an ex-East German Stasi spy and a husband-and-wife team of assassins, all while dealing with a knee injury. At the time there wasn't any cast, but now Deadline has heard that the producers have narrowed down their top choices to Matthew Fox, Gerard Butler and Colin Farrell for what CBS Films (don't worry, not a TV movie) is hoping will become their first franchise.
Apparently Butler is the top choice being the most action experienced actor of the bunch, however, I'd much rather see Farrell or Fox take on the potential action franchise. Fox will be fresh off finishing the epic series "Lost" and will need to make a very big splash to return to the big screen, while Farrell has had some action experience in the past (S.W.A.T. and briefly with In Bruges). Honestly, I think Farrell is the best choice as a bit more of an edgier actor and has taken on a wider variety of roles with decent results. Of course, he's been around a bit longer, but Fox has never impressed me as an actor with gravitas or a strong screen presence.
However, they could just as easily end up with someone completely different outside of this trio of actors as producers have apparently also talked to representatives for Keanu Reeves and Jon Hamm (a guy who really needs an action franchise or a huge role like Captain America, though that's very unlikely). Either way, this Jonathan Lemkin written script sounds like an intense action flick that could give us the next Jason Bourne in Mitch Rapp, so we're interested. How do Vince Flynn fans like these options for Consent to Kill?